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  1. animal1953

    Thinking about going to Nursing School, should I be a CNA first??

    I don't know where most of you are looking for jobs but here in Florida, CNA in a hospital setting is almost impossible. I have been looking constantly since May and only had 2 interviews. Everyone keeps using the mantra - experience needed, 1 - 2 years. Even the LTC and rehab centers are requesting it. I also go my Phlebotomy national certification and zero luck. The schools are pumping out lots of grads but without the experience, you are not gonna get a position. I've tried all the FT,PT,Per Diem, No benefits, all shifts, everything. Personally I think the market is over saturated right now with new grads and until the retirement age staff move on, it will be slim pickings for a while.
  2. animal1953

    Florida CNA law changes 2013?

    I am a CNA and a CPT. In my CNA class we have a 98%pass rate with the 2% having to deal with records issues before they can take the test. This is at a private school, not a state sponsored school. My Phlebotomy class passed with 100% and as far as I know ony 2 of us have taken and passed the national test. The shortage referred to is non-existent. There are an average of about 200 - 300 students in the small area I live that are released into the workforce every 90 or so days. The main issue is that all facets of the medical field want " 1 - 2 years experience" as posted in their job descriptions. The market here is way over saturated with new grads. I'm still hitting it hard to find a position with both my certs. I don't mean to put you off but it is a realty here and elsewhere about the market.
  3. animal1953

    Personally Handing Out Resumes

    I've also taken this approach and have found I get more interviews. HR is overwhelmed with apps and sometimes your app may not get to the manager of that unit your are applying to. I tend to follow up every 2 weeks or so to keep my name fresh. If the manager doesn't want you contacting them, back off for about a month and see if the position is still open and them re-contact. You have to be proactive in your job hunting. You can't count on HR to help you.
  4. animal1953

    Repeat applications for same position?

    I have applied for the same position before. I look to see when the position was reposted and look for changes in the position (FT, PT, PRN ect). I am still looking and have started a new approach by finding out who the manager is for the unit. I've found out that HR sometimes doesn't get the apps to the manager. I have been on a couple of interviews since and missed on position because of a internal transfer issue. I was told by my interviewer that I would have been offered the position otherwise. I make a point of waiting a week or two before contacting the manager again. If the decision hasn't been made, it keeps my name fresh. Anymore you have to be proactive in your searches and follow-up with your apps.
  5. animal1953

    First CNA Job

    I'm here to tell you it's rough. They want experience but won't give you the chance. I've found that even the rehab centers and LTC centers want 1 -2 years experience. It's real frustrating but you have to keep plugging away at it. I have over 100 apps filled out since I graduated in September. I just keep applying every time I see a new posting. I've begun finding out who the manager is in the unit you want to work and giving them a phone call and introducing myself and ask how the process is going. Just by getting your name in their ear, they sometimes will request your app from HR. I would not advise dropping in on the cold as they are busy with other duties. I give them about a week before calling again. Just keep applying everywhere and make a list of where and what you applied for. If you can get an interview, ask for a card and send them a thank you note for the interview.
  6. animal1953

    Who do I contact when applying for a job?

    By finding out the managers name for the unit (radiology transport) I applied to just to get my foot in the door, I have an interview on Monday. It's a per deim position but its better than sitting on my rear and getting nowhere. I agree with not dropping in on them cold but if a phone call is made and introducing yourself, it shows some interest on your part. I did a follow up call and found out the recruiter has been out for 2 weeks and hasn't done anything with any apps for the position. the manager found someone in HR that got him the info he needed and called me in. Old school techniques combined with the modern era of applying work. You have to be persistent to get the position you want.
  7. animal1953

    Who do I contact when applying for a job?

    I an a fairly recent CNA and Phlebotomy grad. After numerous contacts with HR and being told that I lack the clinical experience (how do you get it without working, hospital or LTC) I applied for a position as a radiology transport staff. When my wife was in getting a CT scan, I asked the person at the front desk who the hiring manager was for the department. I got the name. I contacted him and asked how the hiring process was going. He told me he hadn't gotten any apps from HR. I gave him my name and number and he said he was going to have my app pulled and get me in for an interview. This was a day ago and I will be following up in a day or so. Got to the floor/section where you want to work and ask for the name of the hiring manager for that unit and call them and let them know you applied. You can't count on HR to get your app in front of them. I honestly believe that they are more impressed with someone who makes the effort to contact them personally than just waiting or the call.
  8. animal1953

    How long did it take you to find a CNA job?

    As a follow up, i had my interview today and it went really well. Had to put on a jump suit and hair cover for a tour of the OR. This position is for a PCT in the OR. The interviewer was very excited and seemed glad that I was there to interview. Met with the OR director and she seemed pleased with my qualifications and the fact that i want to learn (mentioned something about getting me into scrub tech classes) I have an Admin interview on Wed and then I think I'm going to be offered the position. It takes a lot of applying and in person follow-up to get in sometimes. I figured out early during my clinicals that I wasn't cut out for LTC or ALC and focused on the hospitals in my area. Apply for everything and re-apply when you see the position posted again. You have to go after it. I reverted to my old school ways of looking for work and it seemed to work for me.
  9. animal1953

    How long did it take you to find a CNA job?

    I'm still looking and I graduated in May and got my license (FL) in June. Still haven't got work yet but I have a interview as a PCT in the OR on Monday.
  10. animal1953

    CNAs working in corrections

    Walla Walla would scare the "urine" out of most people. I worked there for 2 years as a guard many moons ago. I was there during the riots happened and I know a lot of seasoned guards were scared stool-less. You mom has more guts than me. Good on her!!
  11. animal1953

    Got license but unable to get job

    I'm in the same situation but as a CNA. I've applied at numerous hospitals and LTC in my area and nothing. I've had one interview and didn't get the position. I really need the work, even part-time, as we're living on her SSD. And I have no interest in HHC. Everyone want's 1 year experience, even LTC. How are you supposed to get the experience if you can't get hired? It's really frustrating. I'm taking Phlebotomy, hopefully to increase my desirability to employers. I live in Florida, the retirement state, in a town that is 75% retirees. I know the need is there but dang, give me a break and a chance. They might just be surprised!!
  12. animal1953

    The 'De-Skilling' Of Nursing

    I'm not sure if I'll go one to get my LPN because the hospitals are phasing them out here in Florida (at least where I live). Because of my age, 58, I haven't made up my mind yet. I think you miss understood my comment about"coaching" a patient having breathing problems. I have been in the situation where my wife has gone into respiratory distress and by the time staff got there, I was able to talk her through slow breathing techniques. Not teaching, working gently and calmly with the patient. Those are skill I have learned because of my own asthma and working with respiratory staff. Once more qualified staff get there, let them take over unless I'm asked to continue with assisting the patient. No more, no less. I think my background has given me skills that other CNAs. I've had the opportunity to learn skills outside of schooling that most have not but in a critical situation ( for lack of a better term) doing what you can after calling for assistance makes more sense to me.
  13. animal1953

    The 'De-Skilling' Of Nursing

    I am a new CNA. While I am still looking for my first job, I have aquired skills over the last 10 years while caring for my wife after her stroke. I learned critical skills in observation in the years since the stroke. I can look at her and tell if something is wrong and whether a call to the doctor is in order or a trip to the ER. Done it more times than I wish to count. I was trained to do wound care on her by the wound care doctor and staff after we found out that the visiting nurse was watching TV and trying to get my wife to do her own wound care on the backs of her knees with a mirror on the couch. The nurse was fired by me and dismissed from her agency. As a CNA I know my scope of practice and would never over step those boundries. I feel that most CNAs want to learn. Some are in school to become RNs. I have also had asthma all my life. When a patient is having breathing difficulties, who better to work with them until the RN arrives, coaching them to take slow deep breaths and urging the patient to try to relax, the CNA who is there. And what about the lowly CNA? Can we join the union also to help us? Some things to think about. I'm not there to take your job or do your job, RNs. I'm there to care for our patients and help you out and learn from you.
  14. animal1953

    Nurse and CNA/PCT teamwork! Opinions?

    I just graduated and recently got licensed as a CNA. I'm awaiting word on an interview at a local hospital and still filling out applications. The other student sounds sort of elitist in that response. The CNA/PCT are the eyes and ears of the RN. We see the patients more frequently as we are answering the call lights as well as doing Vitals and assisting with movement to the toilet or bed pans as well as changing sheets and stuff. You can learn a lot from the RN by keeping your ears open and asking questions. Some RN's will let you assist with certain duties if you show a willingness to learn. If that student makes it to a RN level and works in a hospital, she will learn to appreciate the CNA/PCT very quickly.
  15. animal1953

    just got an offer!! got many questions though..

    First of all, CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! :yelclap::w00t: Your first meeting with HR will be to fill out paperwork, U/A (if required) and other administration stuff. You should be told your wage and whether there is an increase after orientation or the normal probationary period and you will get your benefit package info, ID, and stuff. Since you stated both on your preference for day or night. There may not be a day shift opening now, you could ask but it sounds like they've slotted you into a spot already. Take the night shift to get familiar with the working on the floor. Are you a CNA or RN? You didn't state so. I just had my first interview Friday and am waiting to here back myself. Take your time and ask questions with your trainer on the shift and I'm sure everything will go ok.